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Wheel Alignment And Tire Balance Austin

How Do I know if I Need a Wheel Alignment?

If your vehicle drifts to one side and you have to turn the steering wheel away from the center position to drive straight, that is a good indication that your wheels are out of alignment. Perhaps it is the result of hitting a deep pothole or scoring a direct hit on a curb while parking.  What ever the cause, you need a wheel alignment services.

Vibrations in your wheels are different from alignment problems. Vibrations are probably caused by wheels being out of balance or bent (potholes can do that) or because suspension parts are worn, and getting your wheels aligned won’t solve those problems.

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Some vehicles require only that the front wheels be aligned, but many car-based models require four-wheel alignment. Alignment specifications differ by vehicle, and it isn’t as simple as just making sure all four wheels are pointed straight ahead.

Depending on the vehicle, proper alignment involves setting the camber (inward or outward tilt of the wheels when looking head on), caster (wheel tilt front or back looking from the side) and toe-in or toe-out (looking down at the wheels from above). The adjustments are measured in fractions of an inch and require specialized alignment equipment. Here at FT Auto we have the latest machinery to check your vehicle’s alignment. HawkEye Elite™ uses four precision cameras to measure the position and orientation of targets mounted to each wheel using Hunter’s patented QuickGrip™ adaptors. QuickGrip adaptors feature spring-loaded arms that grip the tire, eliminating metal-to-metal contact and subsequent rim damage.

How often it should be done is open-ended. If your vehicle tracks as straight as an arrow, it normally means you’re wheels are properly aligned the only catch to that is roads are designed to be higher in the middle then slope to the sides to eliminate standing water, which means it’s possible a perfectly aligned car can drift slightly on any road.

Four wheel alignment is an adjustment, Newman’s Automotive; located in Austin, TX, can make on your vehicle to ensure the tires are calibrated to ‘point’ straight ahead. Proper wheel alignment using laser alignment makes a vehicle steer easily and allows tires to wear evenly. We recommend a 4-wheel alignment annually to extend the life of your tires. An alignment should always be performed after installing new tires.

Another advantage of proper alignment is the handling of your car. Laser alignment ensures your vehicle handles correctly and helps increase the life and performance of your tires. Impacts such as potholes and railroad crossings, as well as more severe circumstances, such as accidents, can knock your car out of precision alignment. You should have an alignment if you see uneven wear on your tires, your steering is off, or if you have recently had an impact.

Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance

If you notice unusual tire wear or that your vehicle “pulls” one way or the other, the wheel alignment may need to be adjusted. If you notice your vehicle vibrating on a smooth road, your tires may be out of balance.

A tire that is out of balance often affects ride quality and can shorten the life of tires, bearings, shocks and other suspension components. A speed-dependent vibration—becoming noticeable around 45 mph and increasing as speed increases—is probably balance-related.

At Newman’s Automotive your complete automotive care center in Austin, TX  we install only quality replacement parts. Give us a call at (512) 447-7801 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road. We serve Austin and the surrounding areas.

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